Guardian Children’s Books will be focusing on climate change issues this week. The aim is to celebrate “the positive power of stories, whether dystopian YA fiction, picture books, poetry or classic reads, to bring home what we risk losing – and what we can do about it”. It will also be International Earth Day on Wednesday 22 April.
Highlights include an interview with Helen Skelton who will be discussing her new book set in the Amazon, a gallery of Debi Gliori’s sketches for her eco-picture book The Trouble with Dragons, and an enchanted forest castle drawing lesson from Secret Garden illustrator Johanna Basford.
Last year, the Guardian Children’s site held a First World War week.
Illustrator Alex T. Smith has revealed his front cover for Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Smith thanked his fans for their positive reaction to the news with the tweet: “WOW! Hugely touched by all your kind tweets about my #101Dalmatians cover reveal!”
Smith was shortlisted for The Best Emerging Illustrator award by the Book Trust in 2008. His book Claude in the City was selected for the Richard and Judy Children’s Book Club 2011, and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book prize 2012.
The Hundred and One Dalmatians hardback edition will be released in September, and will be priced at £10.99.
Chris Riddell illustrator of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Enid Blyton’s Famous Five: Five Go Off in a Caravan has created a bright yellow and blue Shaun the Sheep sculpture for the Shaun in the City project.
Artists and celebrities including author/illustrator of The Queen’s Hat Steve Antony, and Simons’ Cat creator Simon Tofield have decorated 120 giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures. The first flock of 50 sculptures have been scattered around London today, and a further 70 sheep will be dotted around Bristol from 6 July. These woolly creatures will then be auctioned on 8 October to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity and The Grand Appeal. The former helps children’s hospitals and hospices in the UK, and the latter funds medical equipment and facilities for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital.
Other book-related sculptures include Mr Men and Little Miss’ Mr. Shaun, Paddington Shaun, and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo Shaun.
Antony said: “I am so thrilled to be part of this absolutely amazing project”.
The team behind Shaun in the City also created the Gromit Unleashed project which raised over £2.3 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
To mark World Poetry Day tomorrow, more than 1,100 cafes, bars, restaurants and hotel bars in 23 countries including the UK will be asking customers to pay for their steaming cups of coffee with pieces of poetry.
Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company, who has organized the promotion, says, “Let’s show the world feelings are more valuable than money”, and “We believe that poetry can make a better world”.
To find out participating locations, head to Julius Meinl’s Facebook event page.